PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) meets with Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Cardinal Ivan Dias in Hanoi, last year.
Pope Benedict XVI has named the first non-resident representative of the Vatican to Vietnam, the government said.
The moveÂ came after aÂ series of reciprocal visits between the two nations.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President Nguyen Minh TrietÂ visited theÂ Vatican in 2007 and 2009 respectively, according to a report postedÂ on the government website, on Friday.
Last June, both sides organized a second meeting of the Vietnam-Vatican Joint Working Group to boost bilateral ties, the report said.
The nomination of 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli was regarded by theÂ international media as a pivotal step in the development ofÂ bilateral relations between Vietnam and the Vatican.